SC bench to hear petitions against NA Speaker’s ruling on June 6
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday admitted the petitions, against the ruling of Speaker National Assembly over the disqualification of the prime minister, for hearing it on June 6, DawnNews reported.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) on May 28 had filed the petitions when Speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza had saved Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from disqualification despite being convicted for the contempt of court.
A three member bench headed the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chuadhry will hear the petitions on June 6.
The petition by the PML-N was filed by Sialkot MNA Khwaja Mohammad Asif under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, arguing that the premier stands disqualified in light of the apex court’s verdict and that he should be barred from performing further duties as the prime minister.
PTI’s petition, filed by party chairman Imran Khan, similarly asks the apex court to restrain Gilani from further acting as the prime minister, and to declare Speaker Fehmida Mirza’s ruling unlawful.
Moreover, Khan’s petition also requests the court to instruct the Election Commision of Pakistan (ECP) to decide on Gilani’s eligibility as premier.
On April 26, PM Gilani was convicted for contempt of court for not writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening money laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The petitions come after the PPP announced that it was not filing an appeal before the apex court against the prime minister’s conviction and 37-second sentence by a seven-judge bench on contempt charges.